2nd Incident with Horse at Swallows Parade Sends Another to Hospital

A 55-year-old woman suffered a head injury when the miniature horse pulling her chariot took off, sending her into the asphalt.

An ambulance arrives to transport a victim of the second incident with a horse in the Swallows Day Parade 2014. Patch photo credit: Lauren Golledge.
An ambulance arrives to transport a victim of the second incident with a horse in the Swallows Day Parade 2014. Patch photo credit: Lauren Golledge.

Edited at 5:15 p.m. March 22, 2014. Edited with new details.

In what turned out to be the bloodiest Swallows Day Parade in its 56-year history in San Juan Capistrano, a second incident with a horse – this time a miniature horse – sent someone to the hospital.

At 12:11 p.m., a mini-horse pulling a small chariot “took off,” sending the 55-year-old woman riding in the chariot into the asphalt, said Captain Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

“She was actually seriously injured. She had a decreased level of consciousness” from her head wound, Concialdi said, describing blood everywhere.

The incident stopped the parade for another 20 minutes.

Earlier, just as the parade was getting started, a large horse pulling a wagon spooked, dragging the other horse with it and the wagon into the crowd. That incident stopped the parade for 30 minutes.

See video footage after the first incident here.

Read about the first incident here.

That brings the total injured today to four, three in the first incident and a fourth in the second. 

About the man in the wheelchair, Concialdi reported that "he's going to be OK."

He estimated this year's parade-watching crowd to be between 30-40,000 people.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Disgusted in SJC March 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM
I actually change my vote this was the bloodiest Swallows ever... RIP little Yuliana. I am jumping to conclusions but is it a coincidence.... Everybody hug your kids a little tighter today...
Smokey Bear March 24, 2014 at 01:06 AM
Does anyone know what spooked the Clydesdale horse in the 1st place? Did a kid throw one of those 'snap & pops'? I see those things for sale at liquor stores & Big Lots sometimes. I really hope that the brave dude in the wheelchair is really going to be ok, because with trauma injuries, they can linger on to cause chronic pain & nerve damage. I know, I was a previous trauma patient & was released from Mission Hosp not knowing the extent of my injuries bcause all they considered to be trauma, was that you weren't bleeding internally. So the call broken bones & bad bumps & bruises, as basically nothing, but that is often far from true. Hurt people, don't be afraid to get insurance info from the horse owner just incase. 100% Good Wishes & a Speedy Recovery to Everyone Involved
Domestic Goddess March 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Maybe it's time to do this without horses
Rocky Neidhardt March 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Animals in captivity paraded in front of a bunch of drunk idiots on a terrain unnatural to them. This event needs to be put to it's final rest. Why not just have the San Juan DrunkFest in a giant field and get rid of the kids and animals. At least that way we can be honest what this is really about. Getting obliterated with a large group of like minded fools.
Nick P March 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM
I heard today that the horse that ran off probably had a stroke, it had been in that parade every year for more than a decade. This particular parade the horse went out of control for whatever reason, fortunately the gentleman driving was able to prevent any further injury


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